Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Who is the survey for?

The survey is for anyone who is currently a climate scientist or those looking to become one, through formal or informal training. We want to hear from people at different stages of their careers to get a broad picture of where gaps exist so that we can help the community fill those gaps.

Now, more than ever, the world needs climate scientists. A key part of building the climate research workforce needed to address the challenges of this century is broadening access to climate science training. The WCRP Academy is one of the new lighthouse activities of the World Climate Research Programme, designed to make positive steps towards giving more scientists access to the training they need to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

"To meet the challenges and explore the opportunities of our changing climate, our scientists will need a strong understanding of climate from an Earth systems perspective, will need a more interdisciplinary understanding of the problems faced, will need to understand better how their science can be used in decision making, and will need to know how to communicate it to a broad audience. This will require training – not only of our early career scientists, who will lead the way, but of all climate scientists."
Detlef Stammer and Helen Cleugh, Chair and Vice-Chair of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee

A key pillar of the WCRP Academy is an annual, global stocktake of training needs. This email is to invite you to participate in the first survey. 


What will my responses be used for?

Our aim is to produce an open, peer-reviewed publication on the results of the stocktake. We hope that this will be a great new resource for training providers to understand training needs with the ultimate aim of making existing training available to more parts of the community and stimulating institutions to develop new training.


What’s in it for me?

We hope that you will see the need for this kind of information to be available in the public domain. Particularly for early career researchers, this is your chance to have your collective voice heard. Tell us what training you need, and we will do our best to help make that training happen. As a further incentive, we are offering 10 free registrations for the 2023 WCRP Open Science Conference, drawn at random for those who complete the survey. These are transferable to other members of your institution. 


How do I participate?

Complete the survey by 26 November 2021. It should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.


Can I pass on the survey to my colleagues?

Yes, please! We want as broad a cross-section of the community to complete the survey as possible. Please do pass on this e-mail to your colleagues and encourage them to complete it too.

Any questions, please do contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For more details on the WCRP Academy please see our website (

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